Sears and Kmart have announced they will waive layaway fees in stores and online through Nov. 17, according to an Associated Press report.
Both stores usually charge $5 for an eight-week layaway and $10 for 12 weeks.
Kmart's move came after Wal-Mart said it was lowering its holiday layaway program fee to $5 from $15.
The Wal-Mart holiday layaway program started Sept. 16 and runs through Dec. 14 and will include more items than last year. Shoppers will get a service charge refund via Wal-Mart gift card when they pay off their layaway purchase.
Walmart's Black Friday deals will start earlier than ever this year - 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.